MERC'S FEUDING PAIR: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left), winner of the 2015 Bahrain GP, and team mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is leading the 2015 title chase with 93 points, Rosberg has 66. Image: AP / Luca Bruno
BARCELONA, Spain - As far as one German newspaper is concerned, the contrast between Mercedes' two Formula 1 drivers could not be more stark.
In the three-week break since the 2015 Bahrain GP in April Nico Rosberg stayed with his pregnant wife in their Monaco apartment and made one trip to their second home in Ibiza.
Hamilton, however, played "party animal" to Rosberg's "couch potato", the major German daily Bild headlined, with much of the time spent in the air in his personal jet.
The newspaper said Hamilton racked up 45 000km in his red, R361-million private Bombadier jet during the F1 calendar gap.
He collected his dog Roscoe from Monaco and travelled to London, from where he flew to a photo shoot in Mallorca, attended a Mercedes event at Monza, visited friends in Los Angeles and then watched the Floyd Mayweather fight in Las Vegas before heading to a fashion show in New York.
World champion Hamilton, who has dominated the 2015 season so far, then returned to Europe for a stint in Mercedes' simulator before travelling to Barcelona.
According to Bild, it was like to circumnavigating Earth.
Hamilton said: "I am probably the happiest I have been for a long, long time. Career-wise and then outside (F1)."
TAKING IT SLOW
Elsewhere, Rosberg was being asked by a reporter in Barcelona if he has become "a bit slower" in 2015, perhaps as a result of losing the "psychological" war to his on-form team mate.
Rosberg replied sarcastically: "Thank you very much for your kind question!
"Of course the results speak for themselves. It's pretty clear. That's it."
Hamilton said Rosberg must also look nervously over his shoulder as Sebastian Vettel is just one point behind and this weekend will be at the wheel of a vastly upgraded Ferrari.
Rosberg told Bild: "Yes, there's not much in it. I have a better car and in qualifying our advantage is even bigger."
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